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BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 / BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Haydn (Casals) (1927, 1929)

    
      

 

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BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 / BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Haydn (Casals) (1927, 1929)

Along with Casals’ 1927 London Symphony disc of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture (Naxos Historical 8.110976), these recordings – the Beethoven Symphony No. 1 is particularly rare – constitute the cellist’s complete pre-war recordings as a conductor. The Barcelona sessions made with Casals’ own orchestra, formed in 1919, were set down in a concentrated period of work over five days in early July 1929. They are notable for their unfussy and direct approach to Beethoven that reveal the music in honest, unvarnished and expressive terms. In Brahms’ Variations on the St Anthony Chorale, recorded just a few weeks before Casals’ 51st birthday, the London Symphony Orchestra plays with beauty of sound, excellent ensemble and characterful wind solos. Casals’ temperate direction stresses the lyrical and eloquent aspects of Brahms’ writing.


Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
1.   Play with flash player I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio 00:08:14
2.   Play with flash player II. Andante cantabile con moto 00:08:19
3.   Play with flash player III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace 00:03:08
4.   Play with flash player IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace 00:04:19
  Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60
5.   Play with flash player I. Adagio - Allegro vivace 00:08:48
6.   Play with flash player II. Adagio 00:08:48
7.   Play with flash player III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco meno allegro 00:04:32
8.   Play with flash player IV. Allegro ma non troppo 00:06:54
  Die Ruinen von Athen (The Ruins of Athens), Op. 113: Overture
9.   Play with flash player Die Ruinen von Athen (The Ruins of Athens), Op. 113: Overture 00:04:29

Brahms, Johannes

  Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn, Op. 56a, "St. Anthony Variations"
10.   Play with flash player Theme, "Chorale St. Antoni": Andante 00:02:18
11.   Play with flash player Variation 1: Poco più animato 00:01:28
12.   Play with flash player Variation 2: Più vivace 00:01:22
13.   Play with flash player Variation 3: Con moto 00:01:26
14.   Play with flash player Variation 4: Andante con moto 00:02:13
15.   Play with flash player Variation 5: Vivace 00:01:22
16.   Play with flash player Variation 6: Vivace 00:01:16
17.   Play with flash player Variation 7: Grazioso 00:02:42
18.   Play with flash player Variation 8: Presto non troppo 00:01:42
19.   Play with flash player Finale: Andante 00:03:47

Total Playing Time: 01:17:07






Composer(s):
Beethoven, Ludwig van; Brahms, Johannes

Conductor(s):
Casals, Pablo

Orchestra(s):
London Symphony Orchestra; Pablo Casals Orchestra of Barcelona

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Classical; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111262

Barcode: 0747313326228

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Release Date: 08/2007

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